Resurrection Sunday – The Days After

It’s 1 AM the day after Resurrection Sunday and while I’m thinking about the events of the previous day I realize that, for me, Resurrection Sunday was more about making sure I had a cute dress that complimented my pregnant body and making sure the youth praise team was on point then it was about celebrating Jesus. I realized that I didn’t even get to enjoy the celebration because I was so busy running around during church, calming my nerves down from the musical mess ups we had, snacking on candy to keep me from passing out, and running after kids during children’s church. I didn’t even get to enjoy the preached word. 

Thinking about how distracted I was with all of the formalities surrounding Resurrection Sunday made me sit back and ponder what this is really all about? I definitely get the main point, it’s that Jesus rose on the third day with all power in his hands, but do I REALLY get it? Do WE really get it as Christians, or has the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection just become another church cliché?

As I’m sitting here feeling my baby wriggle around while pondering these questions, I am forced to remember the awe inspiring movie Risen that was recently released last month. The movie basically tells the story of the events that took place after Jesus rose from the grave through the eyes of a Roman soldier and how his life was changed forever. I’m reminded of this movie because it really put in perspective for me the gospel of Jesus Christ and why we celebrate the pivotal moment in history that changed our lives forever.

I looked through my phone and re-read the notes that I had taken after watching the movie Risen and it gave me the kick in the butt I needed to remember that I had Resurrection Sunday all wrong. I was definitely not focused on the right thing which was celebrating and appreciating what and why Jesus did what he did. It also reminded me of how easy it is to forget what the beauty of the gospel is and why we should be sharing it more often not just on Resurrection Sunday and the days leading up to it.

I’m going to share with you all what was placed on my heart after watching this thought provoking, awe inspiring movie in hopes that it will put in perspective why we even have a Resurrection Sunday, and as a reminder to myself to never lose sight of what Jesus really did for us and why.

 February 28, 2016 My Thoughts After Watching the Movie Risen

 What are we doing as Christians and what are we focused on? Everything that we do and speak should be about lifting up the name of Jesus, and not just his name but what he did for us. We’re so focused on the things that God can give us that we’ve lost focus on the main point which is that Jesus died for our sins.

I’m not even sure if that knowledge is even as impactful now as it used to be because we’ve been off course for so long. When we hear that Jesus died for our sins there’s always a, but, that follows. Yea, I know he died for my sins, BUT what about my husband that he promised me, what about my house I’m waiting for. What about my blessings, my breakthrough, and my overflow? Telling someone that he died for their sins doesn’t even seem to inspire people the way it used to, but tell them that God is going to do some miraculous thing in their finances or in their life and watch their eyes light up with expectation.

The true gospel of Jesus has become old news to us. We say with our mouths, yea I know what Jesus DID for me, but with our actions we say, but what can he do for me RIGHT NOW? What have we done to the power of the message of the gospel? What IS the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ? What makes it good news?

This is what makes it good news, that we don’t have to stop living in sin as a way to get right with God, but we can stop living in sin because we ARE right with God. He died for our sinful nature and paid a price that we couldn’t. When we truly internalize that, we are forever changed and no longer want to indulge in the sin that Jesus died for. Why? Because of love. His love for us inspires our love for him and he said that if we love him we would obey him.

Turning away from sin is not just an act of obedience, but an act of love inspired by God’s love for us in the fact that he was willing to die and take away our sin before we were ready to give it up. If we choose not to accept that love and choose not to believe in Jesus Christ and hold onto our sin, we choose to pay the penalty for that sin ourselves which is spiritual death which leads to eternal damnation in the lake of fire. It makes no sense to pay for something that has already been paid for on our behalf. The penalty for sin is already set in stone. That’s not something we can change, or something that God changed just because he sent his son to die for us.

What he changed was the way in which we get to escape that penalty. Before, it was through the blood of animals which were sacrificed every year, and even those sacrifices only covered certain sins. The sins that weren’t covered in the blood sacrifice of animals were paid for by the people who committed those sins through death. Now, all sins are covered under one man’s death, Jesus Christ, and all we have to do is believe that Jesus died for our sins.

What exactly does that belief mean? It’s not enough to just know that he died for sins. A lot of people know that, but true faith and belief requires action. The action that coincides with belief in Jesus is turning away from the sin that he died for. If we truly believe that he died to take something away, then we don’t continue to live as if we still have it. This is why we don’t stop living in sin as a way to get right with God, but we stop living in sin because we are right with God. The belief that Jesus died to take our sins away inspires us to live as if those sins are gone because in the eyes of God they are. If in God’s eyes we are free from sin, then that means we are free from the penalty of sin which is GREAT news for us.

Givin’ It To You Straight,

Gigi Jones

Romans 5:8,9 – But God shows his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

How did you celebrate Jesus on Resurrection Sunday and how are you celebrating him today?

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